Guiding Principles

Our Values

We believe people with lived experience should be at the centre of poverty work, therefore we:

  • Value lived experience as expertise and as vital to guiding poverty reduction
  • Will actively pursue the participation of people who have lived experience in poverty reduction and remove barriers to their participation
  • Will build the leadership capacity of people who have lived experience and community organizations to work together

We believe reducing poverty requires the engagement and inclusion of the whole community, therefore we:

  • Create opportunities for communities to come together to talk and plan
  • Seek a variety of stakeholders, including non-traditional partners, with different experiences ideas and perspectives
  • Create the space for difficult conversations and learn from them
  • Commit to learning from one another
  • Help to be a catalyst for new and stronger connections between community members, institutions, organizations, and various stakeholders

We believe in an evidence-based approach, therefore we:

  • Seek reliable data and information to inform our position
  • Use information and evaluation to guide next steps raise awareness/inform communities
  • Learn best practices from other anti-poverty work
  • Use data , information and learnings to drive the development of a strategic plan for poverty reduction in Hastings-Prince Edward

We believe that respect and dignity are deserved by all, therefore we:

  • Come together in the spirit of generosity and appreciation
  • Welcome and encourage diverse views and perspectives
  • Challenge common misconceptions/misperceptions/stigmas related to poverty
  • Create safe space to listen to and consider the opinions of others
  • Value the contributions of all community members

We believe people should have equitable opportunities to live a full life, therefore we:

  • Take a Human Rights based approach to poverty reduction. People have a right to a dignified life which means support the claiming of rights while also increasing the ability and accountability of individuals and institutions who are responsible. The rights-based approach incorporates the universal declaration of human rights and includes:
  1. Right to adequate food
  2. Right to health
  3. Right to education
  4. Right to decent work
  5. Right to adequate housing
  6. Right to personal security
  7. Right to appear in public without shame
  8. Right of equal access to justice
  9. Political rights and freedoms

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948, General Assembly Resolution 217A

Further we:

  • Support capacity building of institutions, organizations and communities towards the fulfillment of rights: respecting, protecting, fulfilling
  • Support capacity building of people in poverty to ask what they should do to help promote and defend their rights

We believe community development is integral to poverty reduction, therefore we:

  • Recognize building community happens through bringing people together for a common cause
  • Recognize that the causes of poverty are systemic and felt locally
  • Support broad participation in the development and creation of community goals, visions and decision making

We believe there are power imbalances that create and perpetuate poverty, therefore we:

  • Address systemic power based issues
  • Utilize an anti-oppression model/framework which means we recognize the oppression that exists in our society and attempt to mitigate its effects and eventually equalize the balance of power
  • Speak with a community voice that incorporates multiple voices of Hastings-Prince Edward and prioritizes the voice of those currently in poverty

We believe there is power in organizing regionally to reduce poverty at a systemic level, therefore we:

  • Intentionally reach out to all geographic areas in Hastings-Prince Edward
  • Acknowledge and recognize the strengths and challenges of each unique community
  • Look for ways to remove or minimize barriers to participation for members of unique communities
  • Build momentum and political will as a larger region

Our Pillars

  • Empowerment
  • Education
  • Knowledge Exchange
  • Partnership
  • Advocacy

65 Station St.
Belleville, ON K8N 2S6